Earn your Bachelor's Degree in Public Safety Administration

If you're a current public safety professional, our online bachelor's degree in Public Safety Administration will prepare you to be a leader in today's public safety organizations. Our bachelor's degree is perfect if you already have a related associate degree or certificate.

Choose your subplan

Already have a public safety certification? Our online bachelor of applied science degree in public safety administration lets you take the classes related to your experience, training or previous education. Within the public safety administration degree, you can choose from the following sub-plans:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Cybercrime
  • Emergency Management and Homeland Security
  • Fire Science
  • Cross Discipline (Combination of subplans)

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Private Detectives and Investigators

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Social and Community Service Managers

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Features of SPC's Public Safety Administration bachelor's degree

  • We offer eight-week courses completely online
  • We give you academic credit for your previous experience or training
  • Our faculty members are experienced public safety professionals
  • Our courses cover theory and practical application
  • We are a regionally accredited program
  • Our board of advisors fine-tines courses to meet industry needs
  • Your public safety certifications and our bachelor's degree can prepare you for career promotions in the private and public sector

SKILLS you learn in SPC's bachelor of applied science degree

Our online bachelor's degree courses in Public Safety Administration teach you to think critically and solve problems. You will also learn to:

  • Fine tune strategic and operational plans
  • Develop and evaluate programs
  • Enhance human resources and productivity
  • Address organizational issues
  • Manage budgets

Public Safety Administration Bachelor of Applied Science

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2024 (640)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2024 (640), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Program Summary

This program is offered as a Fully Online program. This program develops competencies that help students solve management problems, understand finance and budgets, fine tune strategic plans, develop and evaluate programs, enhance human resource potential, increase productivity and address internal organizational issues.

The PSA-BAS degree, along with the appropriate certifications, prepares graduates for entry-level positions in law enforcement, fire services, corrections, emergency medical services, emergency administration management, and industrial security enterprises in government and private sector agencies.

Graduation Requirements

All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C".

GENERAL EDUCATION: All students must complete the 36 credit general education requirement in order to graduate from this program. A.S. degree holders may need to complete an additional 15-21 general education credits to complete the thirty-six (36) credit hour general education requirement.

Students who have not completed an AS degree in a Public Safety Related field are required to complete 24 credits total of lower division public safety courses in addition to the bachelor level classes. These courses include the pre-fixes of CCJ, CJL, CJB, CJD, CJE, CJT, DSC, EMS, and FFP.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE: If you have not completed two years of the same foreign language in high school or 8 credits in college, you will need to complete 8 credits of foreign language before completing the B.A.S. Program.

CIVIC LITERACY: As per Florida Rule 6A-10.04213, baccalaureate degree students entering a Florida College System (FCS) or State University System (SUS) institution in the 2021-2022 academic school year and thereafter must demonstrate competency through successful completion of a civic literacy course AND by achieving a passing score on the Florida Civic Literacy Examination (FCLE).

Academic Pathways

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
  • the recommended order in which to take the program courses
  • suggested course when more than one option exists
  • which semester each course is typically offered
  • if the course has a prerequisite
  • courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Program Leadership Information

Florida CIP Code


Federal CIP Code

43.9999 - Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other.

Complete your education at SPC

SPC's College of Public Safety Administration offers several tiers of training and accreditation for those in the public safety field.

Public Safety Administration B.A.S. Degree

Admission requirements

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